Here come the sandbags - people get ready for Fargo flooding

Fargo flooding hasn't hit yet but city officials have delivered 12,000 sandbags today.

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    Volunteers build a sandbag levee in the River Vili neighborhood of Fargo, ND, on Thursday. City officials delivered about 12,000 sandbags Friday and put out an emergency "code red" call to residents in the area. The Red River is expected to crest on Sunday in Fargo.
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Volunteers were sandbagging on a blustery day to help stop flooding from a drainage system in a south Fargo neighborhood.

City officials delivered about 12,000 sandbags Friday and put out an emergency "code red" call to residents in the area. Officials say there is no immediate danger to property.

Residents wrapped up sandbagging in most areas Thursday. The Red River is expected to crest Sunday at 20 feet over flood stage, which could threaten some neighborhoods.

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IN PICTURES: Fargo flooding

Fargo was forecast to have light snow and wind chills in the single digits Friday.

UPDATE:

The projected crest of the Red River at Fargo, N.D., has dropped a half-foot, which is good news for a city braced for flooding.

The National Weather Service revised its projection Friday to show the Red at 37.5 feet above the flood stage by Sunday morning. That's down from an earlier forecast of 38 feet.

Spokesman Mark Frazier says models suggest water levels should decline slowly but steadily after the crest, though flooding from the river could continue to threaten homes and roads much of next week.

He says it's doubtful that another flood this large will happen in the Fargo area this season, though heavy spring rains could cause temporary bumps because the land will remain saturated for a while.

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IN PICTURES: Fargo flooding

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